Jefferson City, MO – A Missouri Senate committee could vote on the state budget this week. Committee members Tuesday agreed informally to keep Medicaid spending closer to what Governor Bob Holden has recommended.
That would mean cuts to the Medicaid program that were made in the House appear unlikely to survive.
The House voted to make it harder for thousands of Missourians to qualify for Medicaid and to cut some services. Their idea was to cut Medicaid to free up $13 million more for schools.
Washington, DC – The environmental group American Rivers is once again listing the Mighty Mississippi as one of the nation's most endangered waterways. The group's rankings were released Wednesday and put the Mississippi tenth.
American Rivers says work by the Army Corps of Engineers and the corps' plans to extend locks on the river have left it "on the verge of ecological collapse."
The corps, though, says its work has improved habitats while keeping barges afloat and protecting against floods.